In order to qualify as “Hempaceuticals”, a medical product must be made from one of three different species of the cannabis plant, with the name being used as a suffix. But in the United States, the marketplace for hemp-based products is fairly new and even the legislation can be confusing, often contradicting between federal and state law. Additionally, most hemp products are still considered illegal, at least according to the federal government. This is because hemp remains classified as Schedule I, which according to federal law, constitutes “drugs with no valid medical use”.
Although hemp isn’t regarded as a drug, it does have some of the same “highs,” “cravings,” and “trip side effects” that are associated with various prescription and illegal drugs. Thus, there are a variety of legitimate uses for hemp-based products, but users and retailers must comply with state and local laws regarding its production, possession, and consumption. Some examples of these are: growing, possessing, transporting, and selling.
Many states have differing regulations on how to grow, harvest, and consume the crop, so it is important to become informed about the most common methods. Typically, hemp seeds and stalks are planted into the ground, where they begin to grow a few weeks after being seedless. The plants then take up to four months to mature and contain up to eight times more fiber than conventional products. The stalks, seeds, and leaves can then be harvested.
There are a number of online sources for buying and selling all types of hemp products. While some companies may claim to sell only “organic” hemp seedlings, these are technically not true. Any seedling used to cultivate hemp must meet the requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture. Hemp is a “valued” commodity that has steadily increased in value over time, making cultivation of this crop a viable business opportunity. However, to enjoy the highest profit margins possible, it is imperative to purchase from a reputable supplier.
Growing and harvesting hemp is more expensive than many other crops, but the return on investment is much higher. In addition, hemp products do not face significant competition from similar crops. These factors make hemp an excellent choice for many farmers who are looking to create a diversified income. By starting a hemp business, farmers can build a steady source of cash without having to compete with other small-scale entrepreneurs.
Today, many consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental benefits of hemp seed production. In particular, hemp grown in soil that is highly alkaline will have far more nutritional value than hemp grown in soil that is less. If hemp is grown in the right place, it can actually help improve the global food supply. For example, farmers in Mexico have successfully grown vast hemp farms that produce massive amounts of organic cotton. Hemp is also currently being used to create many kinds of fuel for both cars and trucks, which have helped make hemp fuel quite valuable even though it is not yet widely accepted by major car companies.
One of the biggest challenges facing the hemp industry is developing hemp seed into an energy or fuel product. Currently, hemp is primarily used for the manufacture of clothing, but researchers are trying to come up with hemp fuel options that can be used on their own. Currently, hemp fuel is thought to have similar fuel mileage as common gasoline. However, there are several hurdles to jump before hemp fuel becomes available to the consumer. Such hurdles include establishing a complete hemp breeding program, which is essential to growing large numbers of hemp seeds, and educating the general public about the significant differences between hemp fuel and traditional fossil fuels.
There are currently several efforts underway to establish hemp farms, which would enable hemp farmers to harvest their crop and sell it to the public. This is one of the fastest growing industries in the hemp industry. In addition, there are efforts to create hemp seed products for ingestion. Currently, products such as hemp soap, hemp hair oil, and hemp makeup are being marketed for consumer markets. The sky is the limit in expanding hemp possibilities.